Submitted Summaries of Programs (Reviews)
Between April 10 and April 16 (Review Summaries):
Submit your review summary for your assigned program via the “Submit Your Summary link below. Once it is submitted, it will appear on the list below the link. You are free to read other summaries that have been submitted at this point, but comments will not open until April 17.
Between April 17 and May 1 (Evaluations):
Afterschool (ASP) and Summer Enrichment (SEP) Program
Alfond Youth Center
The Primary objective of the AYC Afterschool & Summer Enrichment Programs is to provide a safe DHHS Licensed After School Child care program that provides opportunities for >300 youth aged 6 to 12, to advance to the next school grade on time and competent for the next grade, to receive nutritious meals & snacks, to be physically fit, to develop good character and citizenship, and to develop lifelong skills for a healthy lifestyle. Ultimately, the goal is for the children served to develop into healthy, caring, and responsible adults.Participating youth receive nutritious meals and snacks on site, as well as have the opportunity to participate in the Supplemental Nutritional Weekend Backpack Program, Sustainable Youth Gardens, Cooking Classes and “Kids Kitchen” and numerous physical fitness and wellness activities.
Over the last year, the program served 430 children with an average participation rate (attend at least three days per week) of 78% (this number is for the ASP only and does not include SEP). The weekly cost is $60 per child, however, 70% of families met eligibility for 100% financial assistance. This year, AYC is combining the two programs to better fund the overall program as most children from ASP will attend the SEP. Last year, for the two programs, AYC received $18,300 and this year they are requesting $20,000. The increase in funding is proportionate to the increase in demand. This program runs at full capacity year round and is constantly at risk of operating at a loss.
This program allows families to keep money in the hands of families and allow for more working hours in the day/week. Families save on childcare costs, nutrition costs and have more flexibility with their own work schedules, needing to take less unpaid time off from employment. Over 50,000 nutritious meals are served annually to children and is rated as one of the highest nutrition programs among 3500 YMCA sites across the country! In an effort to address food insecurity, children are taught how to grow their own food, families are taught how to make nutirtious meals on a budget.
The program demonstrates alignment within the Education focus area: All children grow up in a stable environment – safe, healthy and ready to learn. The program provides direct service in early learning and youth success, and/or education. It is well documented that youth involved in licensed childcare programs when school is not in session are less likely to end up in juvenile justice system, more likely to be successful in their academics and employment. In an Boys & Girls Club Alumni study, 92%-95% reported that participating in the programs like the After School or Summer Enrichment had a positive effect on their lives, on learnign to be a leader, on getting along with others, and on success in life.
Their goal for the upcoming year is to focus on volunteer engagement to enrich program offerings and ensure sustainability. They continue to target increased attendance in both programs. This will come through community education and the AYC expansion. THis expansion will add a wellness center targeted at a different population of the community. Through this new population, AYC expects membership to increase by 1300 new members which will have a direct impact on increased enrollment in the ASP and SEP.
Site Visit/Phone Conversation Notes:
Much of what is noted above was discussed in the phone call. Additional information shared included the AYC expansion. They estimate 1300 new members to the Wellness Center. THis will bring in a different population of member that will have direct impact on increased enrollment in the ASP and SEP.
AYC has hired a grants manager and coordinator to continue to explore other revenue sources since most of their funding is through the Government and may not stable from year to year.
While AYC is expanding, their mission is to focus on youth and the ASP and SEP are the heart of that. With increased enrollment will come the need for additional teachers and volunteers and expanded programing
During my site, Jared stated that while the AYC had also applied for two other grants, understanding the challenging shortfall that UWMM faces, this one would be priority to ensure program offerings, educators and number of children served.
While the AYC is undergoing major renovation, I was able to view the space that is currently used for the AYC. I was impressed with the program offerings, what they were able to do with limited resources and all that the children had access to. Instead of children going home to an empty house, unsupervised, this program engages their minds and bodies in a healthy way. Often times providing interaction and role modeling that children may not receive in other areas of their life.
Mentorship model which provides a safe place for children to engage in meaningful conversation and interactions with adults and peer mentors that help to improve behaviour, attitude, performance in school and participation
Value of program not well known in the community. One of the hardest aspects is to get families through the door.
Tammy Hatch agrees that this program aligns with Education, as indicated on the application.
This program has requested $20000.
Tammy Hatch’s Recommendation: Definitely Fund for $20000
Recommendations and Comments
Definitely Fund = No question, UWMM should fund this program.
Maybe Fund = I think UWMM should fund this program, but I have outstanding questions.
Maybe Don’t Fund = I don’t think UWMM should fund this program, because I have outstanding concerns.
Don’t Fund = UWMM should not fund this program.
Rachel GrantDefinitely Fund
Leon Duff/Ann LindemanDefinitely Fund
Susan RoyDefinitely Fund
Jackie DaltonDefinitely Fund
Rick DorianMaybe Fund
Although the need for both ASP and SEP is clear, what isn’t clear is what combination of donations and other funding the AYC receives might also be available to help fill any shortfalls from this program. Are there surpluses in other programs/activities that might help fill this gap? Unlike many other agencies, the AYC has an extremely successful fundraising program and donor base.
Michelle CesareDefinitely Fund
Cheryl flewellingMaybe Fund
Good program but they have a lot of funding and other opportunities for funding.
James WoodMaybe Fund
Important program however I also have to agree that we do need to take into account the other areas of funding the AYC has given the tighter budget we are working with. Partially fund at $15,000?
George ColemanDefinitely Fund
I echo James’ comments
Robert DahlgrenMaybe Don’t Fund
Important program. Appears to be well run. I don’t have concerns there. I guess in general I have concerns with a recurring theme I see in AYC applications that there are other sources of funding and that UWMM funds may be better focused on programs that don’t have the resources that AYC might have. I need to understand that better.